An Artist’s Four Inner Guides

I just wanted to share some recommended readings from a recent article in Professional Artist on the subject of inner guides and the nature of creativity by John Roman, “An Artist’s Four Inner Circles” Mapping How they Influence The Creative Process.” A few of the author’s favorites are:

  • The Courage to Create, Rollo May, Bantam Books, 1975
  • A Kick in the Seat of the Pant: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, & Warrior to be More Creative, Roger von Oech, Harper & Row, 1986
  • Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World, Carol S. Pearson, Harper Collins, 1991
  • Leaping Poetry: An Idea with Poems and Translations, Robert Bly, Beacon Press, 1972
  • Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development, Otto Rank, Norton Books, 1989
  • The Creative Process: Reflections on the Invention in the Arts and Sciences, Ed.Brewster, Ghiselin, Mentor Books, 1952
  • The King Within;  Accessing the King in the Male Psyche, Robert Moore and Douglas
    Gillette, Robert Morrow Co., 1992

Author: Brian Sesack

As a self-taught artist, I can’t remember the exact day, but still can remember the feeling that came over me when I recognized the desire to photograph in black and white. Up until that time, I was photographing in color and mostly on vacations and at family events. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, but like other events in my life, I just had to "drop the reins" and experience the journey of discovery. The intent of my work is to provide a vehicle for my creative self-expression and the transformation from looking to seeing. As a result I work from the inside out. I find myself moved by concepts that I cannot explain, but that I need to interpret by documenting textures and tonal qualities in an attempt to create images that bring the viewer into the subject. I have also discovered over time that as important as it is to produce a beautiful image, it is the process or the state of being creative that provides the joyfulness of being an artist.

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